Jul 23, 2019
The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), a fast-growing nonprofit social justice organization serving and advocating for formerly incarcerated individuals, is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Policy Director to join its LOS ANGELES team.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with team management and policy advocacy expertise to help further develop a fast growing organization. The successful candidate will partner with the Executive Director, Deputy Director and other executive level staff to work collaboratively with a high-performance management team. The Policy Director will report to the Deputy Director and works out of the Los Angeles ARC office. The Policy Director plays a critical role in driving the implementation of ARC's policy initiatives. The Policy Director also plays a critical role in the support network for ARC members – formerly incarcerated individuals – and their ongoing relationship with the organization's advocacy initiatives.
The Policy Director is responsible for setting ARC policy priorities, in conjunction with ARC members, designing and implementing advocacy initiatives, preparing ARC members to become effective advocates for reform in the juvenile and criminal justice system, organizing ARC member attendance at critical policy meetings, and supporting communications efforts around ARC campaigns and policy priorities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
· Directly supervise Policy Department that consists of both employees and interns.
· Work with ARC members and executive level staff to develop and implement ARC's policy priorities and advocacy campaigns
· Research, develop and write policy briefs, op-eds, and reports
· Develop talking points and other public documents to frame ARC's policy positioning
· Lead the training of ARC members in policy advocacy and community organizing
· Manage the process by which ARC members meet with policymakers and other stakeholders
· Organize and lead policy visits to Sacramento, D.C., and elsewhere as required
· Lead ARC's public education campaign including: organizing policy forums in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, and organizing community meetings throughout Southern California
· Organize and lead ARC members and partners to successfully advocate for the implementation of policies supported by ARC
· Represent ARC when needed with partner organizations, at conferences, and other events
· Contribute to grant proposals and tracking in policy specific areas
· Help manage student and other ARC interns
· Work on special projects and other tasks as directed by supervisors
· Degree in public policy, criminal justice, political science or a related field
· A minimum of four years’ experience in a policy advocacy and management position, preferably in a non-profit or other advocacy setting
· Experience creating and implementing advocacy campaigns
· Expertise in criminal and juvenile justice issues in California and on a national scale
· Knowledge of California state and Los Angeles County legislative bodies and processes
· Knowledge of Los Angeles City and County level legislative bodies and processes
· Ability to prioritize work in a fast pace environment
· Excellent verbal and written communications skill
· Ability to work independently with little supervision as well as part of a team
· Excellent interpersonal skills
· Proficiency in MAC programs, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
· Ability to travel throughout the state of California and nationally as required
Must have reliable transportation and current California Driver’s License with valid registration and insurance. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; drive; use hands and fingers; handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk; and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, balance, stoop, kneel, and/or crouch. (The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Keyboard data entry required.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages), and a list of three references to Bikila Ochoa firstname.lastname@example.org including “Open Policy Director Position” in the subject line of your email.
The Anti Recidivism Coalition
Los Angeles, CA, USA